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Teacher Tip#2: Photos: What’s Hot, What’s Not!

As of August 10th, classroom photos are now 100% digital on our website!  This post is tip #2 of 3 to help teachers navigate the process of submitting classroom photos digitally.
Q: WHAT KINDS OF PHOTOS SHOULD I TAKE?
A: Classroom photos are your chance to show off the excitement and magic of your classroom!  They allow donors to connect with the teacher and students they chose to help by showing their donations in action.
First, some general tips:
Keep your students SAFE by screening photos carefully before you post them, to avoid identifying information like student last names or your classroom number.
Use the flash! Photos will appear on your project page EXACTLY as they appear on the upload page and can also be enlarged by donors with our photo browser.  So try to post the highest quality, clearest pictures of the bunch.
You can post 6 photos, so maximize your space with a variety of images like these:
Your students using the donated materials or just smiling for the camera.
Your class engaged in the project that the donation facilitated. Did you write about a specific activity like an art project or science fair in your project essay? Document your students’ progress in a series of photos.
You, working your magic! Have a fellow teacher or one of your students take pictures of you implementing the project in your classroom.
Awesome classroom photo examples: Example #1, Example #2, Example #3
Q: WHAT IF I CAN’T OR DON’T WANT TO SHOW MY STUDENTS’ FACES?
A: Student safety is our top priority. If you can’t get permission to take photos of your students or if you feel uncomfortable posting photos of students’ faces, you can still post classroom photos – just look at this great example! Consider these options for your photos:
Donated materials in your classroom: Donors will appreciate seeing the materials that they donated in a real life classroom.
Results of your project: If your project culminated in something like artwork, posters, etc., you could take pictures of the results to show donors how their donations have been implemented.
Your students when their backs are to the camera: This option takes a little creativity, but we’ve seen some great photos of students with their backs to the camera looking at the board, working at their desks, playing on their new rug, etc.
Stay tuned for Tip #3…Ready, Set, Go Upload!

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